University of British Columbia
Jody Ellant and Howard Reiter Family Fellowship

Research Topic

Lighting the Way: Doorways into the Late-Antique Jewish Home


Gregg E. Gardner is the Diamond Chair in Jewish Law and Ethics in the Department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies at the University of British Columbia. He researches Judaism in Late Antiquity and classical rabbinic literature, with a special interest in poverty, charity, daily life, and material culture. While at the Katz Center, he will examine the material context of the late antique Jewish home to understand its influence on the content and shape of rabbinic literature.

Gardner received his PhD from Princeton University. He has previously held fellowships at Harvard, Brown, and Brandeis.

Selected publications

  • The Origins of Organized Charity in Rabbinic Judaism (Cambridge University Press, 2015)
  • edited with Kevin Osterloh, Antiquity in Antiquity: Jewish and Christian Pasts in the Greco-Roman World (Mohr Siebeck, 2008)



Devoted to the home, and seeking to advance research that will shed light on this most formative and intimate of contexts for Jewish life.